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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fragment a Photo Through Ribbed Glass — Madonna-Style

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This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.

This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make Your Own Stroke Styles in InDesign: Stripes, Dots, Dashes

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InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.

But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.

Striped, dotted, or dashed!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Assigning Multiple Strokes to Gradient Type in Illustrator

Add multiple strokes to type in illustrator

Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:

How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?

The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Friday, February 27, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Tips for Naming EPUB Files

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One of the things that will get your EPUBs rejected by ebook retailers? File names with spaces and other reserved punctuation marks and special characters.

Although InDesign will allow you to export EPUBs with these characters, publishers won’t accept them, because they cause issues with the HTML and CSS.

To keep your EPUBs healthy, I’ve assembled some tips on fixing any naming errors in your EPUB files before exporting.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turn an MRI Scan into a 3D Volume in Photoshop

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This week Deke’s Techniques gets personal as Deke assembles images from an MRI scan of his own knee into a volumetric object or 3D volume in Photoshop CC!

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 19, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Hiding the Annoying Content Grabber Icon

InDesign Secrets this week

I don’t just like InDesign; I LOVE it.

But as with even the closest couples, there are still some features in it that drive me batty. Like the content grabber donut—that little icon that appears when you pan over an image. You might call it a bagel or an “O.” Whatever you call it, it’s just not that helpful.

So in this super-short, super-sweet video from my InDesign Secrets series, I show you how to hide the icon, without changing any of InDesign’s behaviors or preferences.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Create the Look of Chiseled Letters in Photoshop

Create a chiseled letters effect in Photoshop

Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.

Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

By Kristen Fischer | Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Become a Graphic Designer: Follow These Steps

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Having a career in the arts doesn’t mean you have to be a starving artist. Becoming a graphic designer is a viable creative career that allows you to express your artistic superpowers and pay the bills.

Whether you’re an independent contractor, or work for a creative agency, or nab a job at a company, it takes more than an eye for design to launch a flourishing career as a graphic designer.

Here’s how to become a graphic designer — with help from lynda.com.

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